The Mandela Day started with a visit from the SABC (Free State and North West) and Lesedi FM.  They started with cleaning of the resident rooms, then they entertained our elderly with music, gifts and a cake. This visitwas done a day before the official Mandela Day.

On the morning of the 19th of July we were visited by the soldiers who came in numbers to assist with breakfast, feeding the elderly, laundry, cleaning of the yard, cutting of trees, assisting with the offloading of Day Care clients, cleaning of the hall, etc.

Other visits were from local churches and schools such as Petunia Secondary School which sang for the elderly the whole morning, other school cleaned the wards and the yard.

The churches donated fruits and veggies, and later on held a prayer with the residents.

After that there was Shoprite (Maitland) who cooked soup for the old people, they also cleaned windows and mopped the dining hall.  There were children from the crèche who sang and prayed, SARS brought winter socks and sweets for all the elderly, Medical Depot donated food.

The day was full of good deeds and donations from institutions and individuals, which made a big different to our elderly and the organization.

The spirit of the day itself besides the visits brings a smile to both staff and the elderly.  As the official time that should be spent is 67 minutes each institution which visits on this day spends hours, looking for other things they can do.